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Congratulations and Kudos!

Congratulations and Kudos for 2009

It certainly has been a momentous year for the Supernetwork Center and its Associates.

First, we welcomed the new Dean of the Isenberg School of Management, Dr. Mark Fuller, who is also the holder of the Dean Thomas O'Brien Chaired Professorship. Professor Anna Nagurney served on the search committee for the new dean.

Two of the Center Associates, Patrick Qiang and Trisha Woolley, successfully defended their doctoral dissertations in 2009 and assumed tenure track Assistant Professorship positions. Dr. Qiang is now at the Graduate School of Professional Studies at Pennsylvania State University in Malvern. Trisha Woolley, who officially receives her PhD in February 2010, is now at the School of Business at Texas Wesleyan University. We congratulate our newest PhDs! Dr. Qiang's dissertation title was: Network efficiency / performance measurement with vulnerability and robustness analysis with application to critical infrastructure. Woolley's dissertation title was: Sustainable supply chains: Multicriteria decision-making and policy analysis for the environment. Professor Anna Nagurney chaired both their dissertations.

Dr. Qiang was recognized with two national awards -- the Judith Liebman Award at the annual INFORMS Meeting in San Diego in October 2009 and the Charles V. Wootan Award. The Wootan Award is for the best dissertation in transportation planning and policy based on a national competition. Dr. Qiang will receive the award in Washington DC early next month.

Center Associate Professor Ding Zhang of the School of Business at SUNY Oswego was honored this month with the SUNY Chancellor Award for his research and scholarly activity. This is the highest award given for recognition of research in the entire State University of New York system. We congratulate Professor Zhang on this huge award!

Center Associate Professor Patrizia Daniele of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Catania in Italy presented a paper at the EURO Conference on Operational Research in Bonn, Germany, in July 2009.

Professor Lan Zhao spent part of her sabbatical from the SUNY College at Old Westbury in China and has had two papers accepted for publication recently. While in China she gave several invited talks.

Professor June Dong also spent several months in China in 2009 where she gave talks at various universities and conferences. Most recently, she gave an invited seminar at Cornell University.

Professor Ladimer Nagurney spent his sabbatical at the Engineering Research Center for the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere where he collaborated with the Center's research staff on integrating a Software Defined Radar Transmitter into the Center's next generation solid state weather radar. His co-authored paper with Professors Anna Nagurney and Patrick Qiang will appear in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation in 2010.

We congratulate the officers of the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter, including Center Associates Amir Masoumi and Min Yu, for the the chapter's recognition with the summa cum laude award at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Diego in October 2009. This is the third year in a row that the chapter has garnered a national award for its various activities, including its Speaker Series.

Center Associate Professor Tina Wakolbinger of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis was recognized with a Dean's Service Award for her work in helping to organize the Dean's Speaker Series there. Dr. Wakolbinger continues to serve as an Officer of WORMS (Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences).

We congratulate Center Associate Professor Jose M. Cruz of the School of Business at the University of Connecticut for his receipt of two research grants in 2009 as well as for his single-authored paper published in Decision Support Systems and his paper with Dr. Dmytro Matsypura of the University of Sydney published in the International Journal of Production Research.

Congratulations to Center Associate Professor Zugang "Leo" Liu of Penn State University Hazleton for the publication of his paper on electric power supply chains in New England, co-authored with Professor Anna Nagurney, in Naval Research Logistics.

The book, Fragile Networks: Identifying Vulnerabilities and Synergies in an Uncertain World, co-authored by Professors Anna Nagurney and Patrick Qiang, was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009.

Other publications and notable achievements of Center Associates can be found on this supernetworks website.

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Last Update: December 21, 2009

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